Seattle – Day 1

Where do you eat when you’re at the outlets? Always a difficult question as options are extremely limited. We went with a sure winner: Auntie Anne’s pretzels. Fast, homemade and delicious to keep your shopping strength going to the bitter end.

Soft pretzels ($3.50)
We used a coupon from the Seattle Premium booklet. I can’t remember exactly what it was but I think it was buy three pretzels and get a free drink type of deal. We tried out three flavours – sweet almond, original, and the roasted garlic and parmesan. The roasted garlic and parmesan was my favourite out of the trio.

Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
#312, 10600 Quil Ceda Blvd
Tulalip, WA
(360) 716-2794

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After a busy day of outlet shopping, we were ready to eat chow down on some seafood. Where to go?

Crab Pot is all about the spectacle. Bib, mallet and your own personal board to smash your crab on. That and the unveiling – all your food gets dumped right onto the table and you go at ‘er.

The last two times I was in Seattle, we went to the downtown Crab Pot location and while the food was decent, I wouldn’t describe it as being good. On my most recent trip, we went to the Bellevue location and I definitely noticed a decline in the food – either that or Vancouver eats spoiled me rotten.

We went on a Friday evening and the restaurant was busy. Lots of families and dates going on. To say we were famished would probably be an understatement.

Bread – we were starved so this bad boy got devoured even though it was pretty mediocre. Look how hard that butter is. Yikes.

2x The Westport ($27.95/person) – at least two people must order in order to indulge in the Seafest options. Those are the rules. I’ve had it before and sadly, it was very disappointing. A mixture of dungeness and snow crab, shrimp, steamed clams, mussels, andouille sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes. Their spice mix doesn’t get mixed into all of the seafood resulting in some pretty bland bites. The potatoes were bland, the corn overcooked, I can go on and on. For $28 per person, you should be getting quality seafood, especially in Seattle! Brutal. Sorry Crab Pot but you’re terrible. The gimmick of being able to smash your crab legs is over.

Wild alaskan salmon fillet ($17.95) – the salmon was lightly seasoned and came with a side of vegetables and rice (choice of potatoes, rice or fries). This dish was much better than the Westport.

Not much else to say other than I won’t be back anymore. Too many other good eats to try in Seattle, especially when you factor price and quality into the conversation.

Crab Pot
2 Lake Bellevue Drive
Bellevue, WA
(425) 455-2244

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